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Javier Blas

Is Putin Fully Weaponizing the Nord Stream Pipelines?

Three gas pipeline leaks in a single day suggest the Kremlin may be sabotaging energy infrastructure.

Vulnerable to attack.

Vulnerable to attack.

Photographer: Frank Rumpenhorst/Picture Alliance via Getty Images.

As Ian Fleming, the British author who created James Bond, wrote: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.”

One does not need to be an avid reader of Cold War novels to see echoes of the adventures of 007 in the real-life events around the Nord Stream gas twin pipelines this week. In a single day, the conduits, which link Russia with Germany under the Baltic Sea, have suffered not one, not two, but three separate major leaks. The word sabotage springs to mind.